Department of Organization

Head of Department

Room: KIL/14.A-4.75

Signe Vikkelsø is Professor MSO of Organization Theory and Head of Department of Organization. Her research focuses on the relationship between task and organization, including the role of technology, innovation, and policy ideas for intended and unintended organizational changes. Her analyses draw on data from healthcare, production companies, and innovation partnerships. She has been a core member or principal investigator of four externally funded collaborative research projects and supervised more than 15 PhD students.

Currently, Signe is working with colleagues on the collaborative research project “Isomorphic Difference: Familiarity and Distinctiveness in National Research and Innovation Policies” comparing ideas and organizational models at work in US, China and Denmark. She is also the coordinator of CBS Leadership Blue Ribbon.

Primary research areas
  • Organization theory
  • Organizational change
  • Organization of innovation
  • Science and Technology Studies


Curriculum Vitae
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  • PhD supervision
Other teaching activities

PhD course: "Framing the PhD project: How to connect parts to a whole in a paper-based dissertation?"


Selected publications
  • Irwin, A., Vedel, J.B. & Vikkelsø, S. (2021). Isomorphic difference: Familiarity and distinctiveness in national research and innovation policies. Research Policy, 50(4), 104220. 
  • Du Gay, P. & Vikkelsø, S. (2016). For formal organization: The past in the present and future of organization theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Vikkelsø, S. (2015). Core task and organizational reality, Journal of Cultural Economy, 8(4), 418–438.
  • Lezaun, J., Muniesa, F. & Vikkelsø, S. (2013). Provocative containment and the drift of social-scientific realism. Journal of Cultural Economy, 6(3), 278–293.
  • Vikkelsø, S. & Kjær, P. (Eds.) Klassisk og moderne organisationsteori. København: Hans Reitzels Forlag.


Publications List
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Thomas Duus Henriksen; Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Signe Vikkelsø; Frans Bévort; Mette Mogensen / A Paradox Rarely Comes Alone a Quantitative Approach to Investigating Knotted Leadership Paradoxes in SMEs
In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol. 37, No. 1, 3.2021
Journal article > peer review
Alan Irwin; Jane Bjørn Vedel; Signe Vikkelsø / Isomorphic Difference : Familiarity and Distinctiveness in National Research and Innovation Policies.
In: Research Policy, Vol. 50, No. 4, 5.2021
Journal article > peer review
Aixa Aleman-Diaz; Signe Vikkelsø; Jane Bjørn Vedel; Alan Irwin; Julia Kirch Kirkegaard; Xiaobai Shen; Xuan Li / National Science and Innovation Policy : Between Curiosity, Market, and Mission .
Abstract from EU-SPRI, 2021
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Signe Vikkelsø; Mikkel Stokholm Skaarup; Julie Sommerlund / Organizational Hybridity and Mission Drift in Innovation Partnerships
In: European Journal of Innovation Management, 13.5.2021
Journal article > peer review
Paul du Gay; Signe Vikkelsø / Book review:"Crabs in a Bucket"
In: Organization, Vol. 25, No. 6, 11.2018, p. 841-844
Book review > peer review
Frans Bévort (Editor) ; Thomas Duus Henriksen (Editor) ; Anne-Mette Hjalager (Editor) ; Henrik Holt Larsen (Editor) ; Rikke Kristine Nielsen (Editor) ; Signe Vikkelsø (Editor) / Ledelsesdilemmaer : Strejftog gennem faglitteraturen.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2018, 228 p. (Ledelses-GPS til en ny tid: Fra komfortzone til konkurrencekraft, Vol. 1)
Anthology > peer review
Rikke Nielsen; Anne-Mette Hjalager; Henrik Holt Larsen; Frans Bévort; Thomas Duus Henriksen; Signe Vikkelsø / Ledelsesdilemmaer : Og kunsten at navigere i moderne ledelse.
København : Djøf Forlag 2018, 220 p.
Book > peer review
Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Signe Vikkelsø / Ledelsesprincipper til en ny tid : Ledelses-dilemmaer og -paradokser.
In: Ledelsesdilemmaer: Strejftog gennem faglitteraturen. . ed. /Frans Bévort; Thomas Duus Henriksen; Anne-Mette Hjalager; Henrik Holt Larsen; Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Signe Vikkelsø. Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2018, p. 11-24 (Ledelses-GPS til en ny tid: Fra komfortzone til konkurrencekraft, Vol. 1)
Book chapter > peer review
Paul du Gay; Signe Vikkelsø / The Sun Also Rises
In: Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 11, No. 6, 2018, p. 602-607
Review > peer review
Mette Mogensen; Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Thomas Duus Henriksen; Frans Bévort; Signe Vikkelsø / Working with Paradox as Entity and Process : Projecting and Eliciting Paradoxes in Managerial Practice through an Action Learning Programme.
Paper presented at The 34th EGOS Colloquium 2018, 2018
Paper > peer review
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